Cutting your own vinyl graphics isn’t just a craft, it’s a total phenomenon that has swept the DIY world. There are lots of fancy vinyl cutting machines in stores and online to give anyone the power to create their own high-end graphics, like the Cricut Explore or the Silhouette Portrait in the $150-350 range (they’re pricy, but basically as cool as 3D printers!). But if you don’t want to spend that kind of money, don’t be discouraged – DIY vinyl detailing is easier than you might think. The options are as endless as your imagination, so let’s get down to it.
Uses for custom vinyl projects run a broad spectrum. Make wall graphics for your children’s room or nursery, apply a cheerful “Good morning, Sunshine” to your bathroom wall for the daily morning pick-me-up, label toy bins, make your own car decals, or, like me, take it as an opportunity to customize some plain t-shirts. And if you’re wondering, it even works well on ribbed materials, like this tank top.
I used Cricut white iron-on vinyl in this tutorial, but there are a wide range of colors and iron-on vinyl products available – just check out your local craft store, or price shop online. If you’re looking for something different (LIKE SILVER GLITTER VINYL, OMG!) you can be sure you’ll find a great color and product for your needs.
This is my first run at creating my own vinyl graphics, which honestly just started off as an experiment to see just how easy it would be to use the product. I’m so pleased with it, and you will be too, and in the tutorial below, I added lots of little tips from my own learning curve to help you through the process. Enjoy!